Ramallah: Palestinian officials
say a high-profile meeting between the leaders of the rival
Fatah and Hamas movements has been called off.
Tuesday`s meeting between Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal had been
expected to name the prime minister over an emerging
But officials from both sides acknowledge there are
still disagreements over who the prime minister will be. They
say the meeting has been postponed indefinitely.
The decision is a setback to last month`s unity deal
between Hamas and Fatah. At that time, they pledged to end a
four-year rift that has left the Palestinians with rival
governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The officials spoke today on condition of anonymity
pending a formal announcement.